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closing arguments are expected today in the george zimmerman murder trial. the defense rested its case without putting zimmerman on the witness stand. the dramatic plea for help from survivors of asiana flight 214. >> there are people lying on the tarmac with critical injuries, head injuries. we're trying to keep her alive. and immigration impasse. immigration reform hits a roadblock in the house. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, july 11th, 2013. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, almost a year and a half after trayvon martin was shot and killed, a verdict in the trial of george zimmerman could come as early as tomorrow. the defense wrapped up its case
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wednesday, and closing arguments again this afternoon, but what charges the jury will consider, well, that remains up in the air. susan mcginnis has more. >> reporter: george zimmerman spoke up in court wednesday, but only to tell a judge he would not be saying anything from the witness stand. >> and what is your decision, sir? >> after consulting with counsel, not to testify, your honor. >> reporter: the decision ended a verbal battle between judge deborah nelson and zimmerman's attorney don west. and have you made a decision, sir, as to whether or not you want to testify in this case? >> your honor, i object to that question. >> okay. overruled. have you made a decision whether or not you want to testify in the case? >> i object to that question. >> overruled. the court is inquiring as to mr. zimmerman's determination whether or not he wants to testify. >> reporter: the defense wrapped up its case by using a mannequin to demonstrate its version of
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zimmerman's struggle with trayvon martin. prosecutors then offered their own view. >> if trayvon martin had been backing up and the defendant raised his gun and shot at 90 degrees. >> reporter: each side will have three hours to present closing arguments. zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, but the jury may be instructed to consider lesser charges, including manslaughter. zimmerman's attorney says he put up a good defense, but his client remains very concerned. >> the state of florida is trying to put him behind bars, so that's his life. that's a very scary position to be in, and he's worried. >> reporter: the jury should get the case on friday. susan mcginnis, cbs news, sanford, florida. the 911 call made just after asiana flight 214 crashed in san francisco has been released. when passengers scrambled to get off the burning wreck as you can manage, there was a lot of fright and panic. some were frantic, trying to help severely injured passengers. >> there's a woman out here on the street, on the runway who is pretty much burned very severely
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on the head and we don't know what to do. >> okay. we do have help started that way. you say they're there, but there's not enough people, correct? >> yes. she's severely burned. she will probably die soon if we don't get help. >> federal investigators are learning more about what happened in the critical seconds just before flight 214 crashed. bigad shaban has the latest on the investigation. >> reporter: survivors visited the crash sight of asiana air flight 214 of the care van of buses. the pilot landing the plane told investigators he was blinded by light just 34 seconds before the plane crashed onto a san francisco runway. federal investigators also say moments after impact a pilot told a flight attendant not to evacuate passengers. >> the pilots indicated that they were -- they were working with air traffic control. >> reporter: the evacuation finally got under way 90 seconds later when a flight attendant spotted the fire. investigators are looking into the plane's auto throttle system which, like a car's cruise control, was supposed to help
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pilots maintain speed. the pilot in training told investigators he thought the auto throttles were set to the proper landing range, but the plane was landing too slow. >> there's two pilots in a cockpit for a reason. and if they're using automation, a big key is to monitor. >> reporter: investigators are also trying to determine why two emergency evacuation slides deployed inside the plaerngs trapping two flight attendants. six of the flight attendants onboard gathered here at the san francisco airport to offer their prayers to tin injured and of the family members of two passengers killed. >> translator: i hope for all the families who suffered losses from this accident to recover as quickly as possible. >> reporter: six other flight attendants remain hospitalized. three were ejected from the plane when it crashed. bigad shaban, cbs news, france. survivors of the boston marathon bombing got their first look at dzhokhar tsarnaev. the alleged terrorist appeared
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in court wednesday. his trial is not expected to begin until late september. as vinita nair tells us, it was a brief but emotional court appearance. >> reporter: the suspect in the boston marathon attack arrived at the federal courthouse under heavy guard. a four-vehicle motorcade brought dzhokhar tsarnaev to his first public appearance since the bombings that killed three people in april. with one arm in a cast and speaking in a russian accent, tsarnaev entered a plea of not guilty and then blew a kiss to his sisters. >> it appears he gave what i would describe as a smirk. >> reporter: the hearing lasted just seven minutes, but for survivors of the families, it was the first time they saw him in person. >> i felt sick to my stomach. it was very emotional for me. police had a tight handle on the crowd. hours before the hearing, extra security surrounds the building including officers with bomb sniffing dogs. tsarnaev is also accused in the shooting death of an m.i.t. officer.
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his colleagues formed a line outside of the courthouse to show their support. >> i didn't see the remorse or the fear or the nervousness that i thought i would of somebody in his situation. >> reporter: tsarnaev faces 30 charges including using a weapon of mass destruction. he was first charged while in the hospital, recovering from a shoot-out with police. his older brother tamerlan died in that confrontation. prosecutors say the two men planted bombs at the marathon finish line, which sprayed nails and shrapnel into the crowd. >> all the suffering he's caused all these people, he should suffer the same. >> reporter: tsarnaev could face the death penalty or life in prison. vinita nair, cbs news, boston. lawyers for james holmes now say he did kill 12 people and wounded dozens in last year's colorado movie theater shooting, but they say he was having a psychotic episode at the time. lawyers made an admission wednesday.
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holmes has pled not guilty by reason of insanity. his trial is scheduled to start next february. and house republicans are making one more attempt at passing the farm bill. the last vote in june failed. they released a smaller version of the bill last night that drops the food stamp program. they want to make cuts to the program, but that's something democrats oppose. the gop hopes to have a floor vote today. and now to the other battle on capitol hill, immigration reform. president obama will meet with senators john mccain and chuck schumer today. both were part of a by farther san group that helped draft the senate's bill. meanwhile house republicans met behind closed doors wednesday. tara mergener is in washington. good morning, tara. >> good morning, anne-marie. the gop is united on tougher border control, but not on a path to citizenship for those living in the u.s. illegally. whatever plan they do come up with will take longer to craft than the white house and other immigration reformers would like. ♪ for the land of the free >> immigrants from around the
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country rallied outside the u.s. capitol to tell members of congress they want immigration reform. inside house republicans met in the basement for 2 1/2 hours to discuss the topic. >> i think it's going great. >> any disagreement? >> reporter: about the only thing they do agree on is what must come first. >> unless there is border security first, there will be no bill. >> republicans say the only way immigration reform will pass the house is if they break it up into a bunch of smaller bills instead of one large bill. >> comprehensive has always been a swear word in the house of representatives, but i think having a step-by-step approach that deals with the issue comprehensively, i don't think that's dead. >> but even then, not every member is singing the same tune. >> you know, the republican party is like an orchestra. it's not just solo. we have different points of views. >> members of congress tell us
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their colleagues are split 50/50 on the issue of citizenship. one side said it's amnesty for breaking the law and the other said not passing the reform is political suicide. >> i will not under any circumstances either reward or ratify illegal conduct with my vote. >> we realize, you know, the objects of this, both policy and politically. we don't want the white house to -- somehow the backdrop is to hope we can fail so they can make it a campaign issue. >> the first votes on in immigration reform are not expected until september. and even former president george w. bush who rarely comments on policy debates is now weighted into the debate, saying he doesn't support any particular bill, but he's also hoping for a positive resolution. anne-marie, lots of pressure. >> indeed. tara mergener in washington. thank you, tara. another setback for country singer randy travis. a publicist said he suffered a stroke last night and underwent
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surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. he was already in a texas hospital being treated for congestive heart failure. the grammy award winner remains in critical condition. and coming up on the "morning news," a wild ride. a car is carried away by a mud slide on a highway. we'll show you where this all happened. this is the "cbs morning news." you where this all happened. this is the "cbs morning news." [ jen garner ] imagine a makeup so healthy
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on the "cbs moneywatch" now, ben bernanke gives a boost to the overseas markets and foreclosure rates fall. ashley morrison is here with that and more. good morning, ashley. >> good morning, anne-marie. in a speech in cambridge, massachusetts, ben bernanke said the economy is still damaged and the fed must strengthen its regulation of the financial sector and interest rate poli polici policies. bernanke's comments fueled asian markets overnight. tokyo's nikkei added half a percent while hong kong's hang seng rose more than 2%. bernanke's remarks also got a mixed reception on wall street. the dow shed nearly 9 points while the nasdaq gained nearly 6 points. new data from realtytrac shows banks began foreclosing on about 57,000 homes in june. that's the lowest level for any month in the past 7 1/2 years and a sharp drop from may and june of 2012. the u.s. senate could not
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raise enough votes to undo the spike of the interest rate of a popular federal student loan. senators needed 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle but fell short. effort would have reverted interest rates on subsidized stafford student loans back to 3.4% for another year. that rate doubled on july 1st. talks will continue. and google is rolling out a major update to its popular maps app for androids. the latest version helps you discover new places, includes restaurant reviews, and will reroute you mid trip if there's traffic ahead of you. i like that a lot. the update removes check-ins and also makes it more difficult to save maps for offline use and ios updates could come next. i could use that a lot. >> i like it. i look forward to up the update. ashley morrison in new york. thank you, ashley. straight ahead, your weather and in sforts arizona center
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we invest more in the u.s. than anywhere else in the world. over fifty-five billion dollars here in the last five years - making bp america's largest energy investor. our commitment has never been stronger. here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. new york, expect thunderstorms again today. miami, thunderstorms as well, but chicago will be mostly sunny. dallas, thunderstorms, and los angeles, warning clo inin ining high of 79.
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and time now for a check of the national forecast. scorching heat bakes the nation's midsection today with temperatures around the century mark, and there's no relief in sight. expect scattered showers and thunderstorms in the northeast and widespread storms in the southeast. much of texas, the midwest, and the west stays dry, though higher elevations in the southwest could see monsoonal-type storms. in sports, the red-hot dodgers move to within a game and a half of the top spot in the n.l. west. in arizona, diamondback center fielder a.j. pollack made a stunning diving catch in the top of the third, but the game would turn out to be a marathon. in the 14th inning hanley ramirez and a.j. ellis hit consecutive homers, and l.a. beat arizona, 7-5. in san francisco mets wrapped up their first seem against the giants since 1994. daniel murphy and john buck drove in two runs each and former giants prospect zack wheeler allowed just one run and
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struck out five. the mets beat the giants, 7-2. in seattle david ortiz doubled in his first at-bat to become baseball's first all-time lead hitter as a designated hitter. ortiz homered in his next at-bat as the red sox beat the mariners, 11-4. and in tampa, center fielder aaron hicks makes a tenth inning grab-saving ball hit by kelly johnson, but tampa bay's ben zoe brit hit a walk-off rbi sing well two outs in the 13th. tampa rays beat the twins 4-3 as they won their seventh game in a row. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories and the death toll rises in the deadly train wreck in canada. dozens missing, and they're presumed dead. presumed dead.
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it's possible to open the n bay bridge labor day weeken join us for kpix 5 news this morning... beginning at 4:3 good morning. it's here's a look at today's ,, forecast in some cities around , the country. washington, d.c., thunderstorms today. heavy thunderstorms in atlanta, but mostly sunny in st. louis.
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denver will be partly sunny with a high of 91. seattle, partly sunny as well. and here's a look at today's top stories. the defense in the george zimmerman murder trial rested their case wednesday. closing arguments will begin today, and the jury is expected to start deliberating tomorrow. and the ntsb says passengers were not told to evacuate asiana flight 214 until 90 seconds after the plane crashed. they evacuated when a fire was spotted. police in canada now say all 50 people missing since the fiery oil train derailment this weekend are presumed dead. search teams recovered just 20 bodies so far. many were so badly burned, they can't be easily identified. the ceo of the railway company blames the engineer for not setting the brakes properly. 72 train cars derailed. the investigation is ongoing. and the senate foreign
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relations committee holds a hearing today on the u.s. plans to leave afghanistan. the committee will assess the transitional needs of the war-torn country following the united states' 2001 invasion. u.s. combat troops are due to leave in 2014. the nation's newest national park might be a little bit difficult for you to get to on your next family vacation. lawmakers want to establish a national historic park on the moon at the landing sites of the apollo spacecraft. the bill also seeks a u.n. world heritage site designation. and a giant iceberg broke off a glacier in antarctica. the iceberg is the size of new york city. scientists say it's too early to tell if it separated because of climate change. the breaking away of icebergs is part of a natural process. well, coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," the latest from florida on the george zimmerman murder trial. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news." "cbs morning news." if your moisturizer leaves an oily finish behind
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off the louisiana coast there's battle ore the fate of old oil rigs. they're supposed to be removed after they stop producing oil, but as chip reid reports, the structures have taken on a new life. >> reporter: 38 miles off the louisiana coast, this platform stopped producing oil more than a decade ago. john hoffman is the ceo of black elk energy. this is one of your rigs? >> yes. >> reporter: what is scheduled to happen to this rig? >> this rig is scheduled to come out of the water this year. >> reporter: hoffman wants it to stay where it is. to see why, we boarded a mini submarine to look beneath the surface. >> there's a target on sonar, 50 meters out. >> reporter: past the murky shapes of dolphins and sharks,
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we found an explosion of color and life. we're now a hundred feet down, and that is not a coral reef. that is that old unused oil rig. it's like being in a fish tank. the rig's coral-covered legs attract thousands of sea creatures. it's a magnet to fisherman and it's a scuba diver's garden of eden. this doctor is a biologist with the louisiana university's marine consortium. he says there are hundreds of old oil platforms that look like this, but under federal law, they're required to be removed in the next few years. >> when we put these platforms in, we had no idea they were going to develop into these massive artificial reefs. they're far more environmentally valuable in the water than out of the water. >> reporter: this fisherman couldn't disagree more strongly. sol you'd like to see those old
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rigs gone. >> yeah, i'd like to see them gone. >> reporter: the gulf bottom has lots of litter that gets caught in his nets. >> this costs me a night's work. >> reporter: it will only get worse, he says, if dilapidated platforms are allowed to stay as reefs. the oil company says it's about saving an environment. >> i say it's all about money. they're only doing it because it's saving them money, that's the bottom line. >> reporter: it would cost job hoffman about $3 million to remove this rig, money he'd rather put into a trust fund to preserve the reef. >> it's a wonderful ocean of mystery and intrigue associated with the ecosystems. >> reporter: the bp disasters and other spills earned a reputation for harm. now they're showing their other side, ujds water worlds brimming with life. chip reid, cbs news off the coast of louisiana. well, coming up after your local news on "cbs morning
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news," closing arguments today in the george zimmerman trial. we'll get analysis from jack ford. plus, an exclusive look at the last piece of the world trade center standing from 9/11, and it's an important piece of the memorial. and we'll meet with a man recovering from a training accident. that's the "cbs morning news" for this morning. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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and i'm michelle griego. tis 4:-- >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. good morning, it's thursday, july 11. i'm frank mallicoat. >> july. i'm michelle griego. time now just about 4:30. let's get our first check on weather. >> you guys see the fog coming
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in today? >> i did. >> the wipers were going a little bit. >> a little damp outside especially at the coastline this morning. we have a pretty good onshore breeze. look at the monsoonal moisture to our south. temperatures will be cooler. we'll talk about that coming up. >> okay. no big hot spots around the bay area right now. we have a lot of overnight roadwork including some on the lower deck of the bay bridge heading towards oakland. but if you are trying to get to the city everything looks great. it's early. developing news in the search for a missing oakland toddler. this morning, the amber alert is still in effect for 20-month- old daphne webb. nearly 17 hours after a man told police someone kidnapped his daughter at international boulevard and 79th avenue in oakland. john webb says he went into a store to buy an energy drink yesterday morning. he left his daughter and an elderly disabled relative in his suv. he said when he came out his daught

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